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Lining up for Christmas

Published 7:00pm Saturday, October 5, 2013
Kaye Perry, one-fourth of Veldman and Friends, chats with fans of the holiday show Saturday morning as they wait in line for tickets their 10th anniversary show at the Paramount Theatre. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com
Kaye Perry, one-fourth of Veldman and Friends, chats with fans of the holiday show Saturday morning as they wait in line for tickets their 10th anniversary show at the Paramount Theatre. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

More than 100 people waited outside the Paramount Theatre on a brisk Saturday morning for the chance to see Michael Veldman and Friends at the group’s 10th anniversary concert.

“It’s always so good,” said Marlene Fox. Fox and others waited for about an hour before the Paramount opened at 9 a.m. to buy tickets to the show. She and others said some people started to wait at 6:30 a.m. for tickets, which Paramount officials say are always a hot commodity.

Dick McIntosh takes a picture of the line of people waiting to buy Veldman and Friends tickets that extends far to the east Saturday morning. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com
Dick McIntosh takes a picture of the line of people waiting to buy Veldman and Friends tickets that extends far to the east Saturday morning. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Veldman and Friends, consisting of Veldman, Kaye Perry, Erin Schumacher and Brian Bawek, started entertaining the town with an annual holiday show in 2001. The group took a hiatus from the show in 2007, and decided to shut it down in 2011 as some members didn’t know whether they would be in Austin for the holiday season.

Their show, “A Christmas to Remember,” will take place on Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21 this year, and residents are already excited to go see it.

“It’s worth the wait,” said Donna Dahl. Dahl and Fox have gone to every Veldman and Friends performance since 2001, and they say the show is incredible.

Veldman and Friends’ reputation is spreading, as more residents are looking to buy tickets to the show this year.rst time seeing them,” said Heather Biwer, who waited with a friend in line Saturday morning. Biwer said she heard Veldman and Friends at the Paramount’s holiday concert last year and decided she would learn what a full show would sound like.

“They are excellent,” she said.

Mark Mikesh, a special education teacher at I.J. Holton Intermediate School, hasn’t seen a Veldman and Friends concert either, but he has heard group members sing before and is looking forward to the show.

“I’m really, truly excited,” he said.


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